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Old April 1st, 2004, 01:40 AM   #1
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Footage on-line Mini 35 w/ DVX100

Just added footage shot with the DVX-100 in 24p and the mini 35 adapter with a set of Arri T1.3 Primes (18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm).

This is a link to my "reel page". Scroll down to "24p dv" and click on the image.

http://www.grid212films.com/lbreelpage.html
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Old April 1st, 2004, 04:27 PM   #2
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Hello Laura

Good Stuff!!!

tell me how you set up the underwater clip
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Old April 1st, 2004, 10:08 PM   #3
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underwater

Thanks John

The underwater shots were very simple. The camera was pointing straight down into a large aquarium that was weighted with sandbags. The girl swam underneath, and banged on the bottom of the aquarium.

The whole rig was right on the edge of the pool, positioning the girl right in front of the existing pool light.

I hope that wasn't too disappointing.
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Those two brief clips of the girl in water were shot with the standard lens on the DVX-100. Everything after that was shot using the mini 35 adapter.
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Old April 2nd, 2004, 12:12 PM   #4
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on the contrary, very cost effective and a technique to remember

great dynamics!
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Old April 2nd, 2004, 12:43 PM   #5
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Quite beautiful. Nice movement too. I was impressed by the "3D" composed shots. it showed off the depth of the equipment.
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Old April 5th, 2004, 05:28 PM   #6
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Incredible!!!! Though it would be nice to see them in full quality. Do you think you could post some framegrabs?
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Old April 21st, 2004, 10:10 PM   #7
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Let me also throw in my $.02.

Very nice...nice story...nice cinematography...good acting and direction...good editing...

Just very good work...I'm impressed
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Old April 30th, 2004, 11:39 AM   #8
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I shoot with the mini35 as well, really great work and I really like the use & mix of dolly and crane shots!

What frame mode did you use on the DVX100 to capture the footage - 30P/24P/24PA?

Great stuff, thank you for sharing!
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Old April 30th, 2004, 02:16 PM   #9
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Thanks guys! I shot in regular 24p.

I noticed someone mentioned a crane. We actually had a little port a jib, with about a 4 or 5 foot reach, on a doorway dolly. I stood on the dolly, operating from a monitor, with a gobo arm attached to the handle of the head, so I could reach to pan and tilt as I jibbed upward. It was a fun little rig.
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Old April 30th, 2004, 03:26 PM   #10
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That jib setup with the gobo arm sounds great!

What lenses were used and did you use any external ND filters or was setting the lens iris enough to control the light?

Last question: how did you find pulling focus with the rig? I find it a real pain in the !@# when dollying away or towards the subject - of course trying to do it all on your own with barely a crew does not help either! Making it worse is that I usually set my lens aperature for f2.8 or f3.5 so my actual depth of field is small.. maybe too small.

Any suggestions or knowledge you could share would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Old May 1st, 2004, 12:43 AM   #11
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The jib shot was on the 25mm, I used all of the in-camera NDs and stopped down on the dv iris to something like an F11 or 16, leaving the film lens just shy of wide open.

Through the move, the camera basically stayed on the same plane, so we set the focus as far as we could without losing acceptable focus in the girl's beginning action, erring on the side of too far. I want to say we settled on 14 feet.
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Old August 26th, 2004, 03:58 PM   #12
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Which lenses did you use?

Do you use cinema lenses, or nikon?
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Old August 26th, 2004, 05:01 PM   #13
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I'll agree, very nice stuff Laura. Pretty lighting.

I'm guessing you had a good AC with you! As Dennis pointed out, it's no joke pulling focus on 35mm lenses. I usually shoot between a 1.4 and a 2 on the Mini35, unless I'm at an 85 or longer when I start to give the assistant a break!
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Old September 9th, 2004, 08:11 PM   #14
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Thanks guys!

I was using cinema lenses.

Zeiss T1.3 (18mm - 85mm inclusive) and Yes, focus with the mini 35 is nearly as critical as film work, although I was sort of training my AC and pulling for myself occasionally.

I've shot quite a bit more with this set up since the original posting, as soon as I have access to it, I'll be sure to put on the web and post a link.

and Charles, I took a look at "The Undecided", impressive two day project!

one of the responses gave a link to your IMDB listing. What scenes from Carrie 2 were you a part of? I was a PA, my very first time on a film set...
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Old September 9th, 2004, 10:01 PM   #15
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Hi LBL,

I was on the reshoots/pickups back in L.A. A scene in a diner set, some inserts for the melee at the end, that sort of thing. I wasn't in the Carolinas at all.

It's funny, in the last couple of weeks I've had several people mention they were on that shoot--weird timing!
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